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Government introduces new tax on residential houses

People who own extra residential houses will soon start paying a property tax for each extra housing unit as part of new efforts to broaden sources for district revenues. This is one of the highlights of a new bill on property tax passed by parliament on Thursday. Referred to as the law...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:52am

Farmers upbeat over new potato varieties

Irish potato farmers can breathe a sigh of relief after Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) introduced new potato varieties, which are heat resistant. The Board, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Wednesday launched the first batch of six new potato...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:12am

Local agribusiness entrepreneurs keen on Green Revolution funding

African entrepreneurs in agribusiness have a chance to secure funding to scale up their business during the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) due in Kigali next month. The forum, slated for September 5-8, in Kigali, will attract entrepreneurs working along the agriculture value chain and they...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:01am

30 RIB officers complete course on investigation

Twenty-nine Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) officers have successfully completed a six-month professional criminal investigation course that equipped them with skills to successfully carry out their responsibilities. The course, that ended yesterday, took place at the National Police College in...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:44am

Africa’s land resources are its strategic reserves – Dr Nwanze

Africa’s countries must conserve their land resources as they are the most strategic reserves the continent owns, Dr Kanayo Nwanze has said. Dr Nwanze made the call during an exclusive interview with The New Times ahead of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) scheduled to take place...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:42am

City authorities decry fake engineers, threaten action

Engineers and architects working in the City of Kigali without legal status have their days numbered before authorities begin a massive crackdown on them, the city’s Executive Secretary, Claude Mutuyimana, has said. Addressing the media yesterday, Mutuyimana said that the city’s...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:41am

RIB launches crackdown on fraudulent receivers

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) yesterday paraded before the media two suspects whom it accuses of being members of a network of dishonest auctioneers and business people involved in fraudulent auctioning practices. The two suspects are accused of having received payments so they can pretend to...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:37am

Faith-based organisations move to regulate themselves

The Catholic Church, Islamic community and the Anglican Church in Rwanda are working towards creating a self-regulatory body to oversee the operations of faith-based organisations in the country. The move was announced in a statement signed by senior clergy from various denominations. These...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:32am

Rwanda celebrates Umuganura today

Today, all roads will lead to Nyanza District, Southern Province as Rwandans celebrate the National Harvest Day. And, for those who cannot make it, the celebrations will be at the sector and village levels across the country. Umuganura is a day of Thanksgiving – to appreciate the year...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:31am

Four suspected drug dealers arrested

Four suspected drug traffickers have been arrested in separate security operations conducted on Wednesday in Rubavu and Rusizi districts. They were at the time found with varied quantities of narcotic drugs. Two of the suspects; Jean-Marie Vianney Nzamuye, 36, and one only identified as Tuyisenge...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:29am

Stop wrapping food in materials with printing inks, RSB tells traders

Rwandan Standards Board (RSB) has banned the use of packaging materials with printing inks to wrap food. The decision was reached on after complaints from the public on how shops wrap items like samosas, mandazi in old newspapers and documents from offices or school. RSB urged local authorities...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:25am

Africa needs the right mindsets, rather than more funding – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has called on African countries to address rising illicit financial flows, tax evasion and misallocation of Africa’s resources. He observed that by taking action, Africa will enable the continent to finance its own development. President Kagame was speaking at the...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:22am

RIB dismantles cartel of fraudulent receivers

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) will this afternoon reveal some members of a network of people involved in fraudulent auctioning practices, officials have announced. Fraudulent auctioning practices have been hurting many people and businesses, especially defaulters of home mortgage loans whose...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 3:59pm

Kagame calls on judges to protect their independence

President Paul Kagame has urged newly appointed judges to uphold the rule of law and judicial independence in their day-to-day work. The President delivered the message yesterday at Parliamentary Buildings in Kimihurura while officiating at the swearing-in of new judges of the Supreme Court, the...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:17pm

Amb. Gasatura thanks Ethiopia for support during Rwanda’s struggle for liberation

Rwanda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Hope Tumukunde Gasatura, has thanked the government and the people of Ethiopia for their unwavering support during Rwanda’s struggle for liberation. Tumukunde said this as more than 600 Rwandans and friends of Rwanda gathered last week at the Chancery...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 11:49am

Mkapa expresses concern over the state of financing in Africa

Former Tanzanian President, Benjamin William Mkapa, has expressed concern over the state of financing in Africa, highlighting illicit financial flows, among factors, as obstacles to the continent’s economic transformation and development. Mkapa said this, Wednesday, ahead of the African...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:07am

Govt, civil society in fresh drive against narcotic drugs

Government institutions including ministries as well as faith-based organisations and the civil society, on Tuesday, continued the joint campaign to raise awareness against illicit drugs in Gasabo District. Over 1,200 young people turned up for the sensitisation campaign held at the Independent...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:05am

Rwandans share views on what next parliament should prioritise

In September, Rwandans will vote for Members of Parliament who include, 53 directly elected MPs, 24 women representatives, 2 youth MPs and one representative for persons with disability. Different people have shared their views about what the incoming parliament should focus on and advocate for to...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:03am

Political parties ready for elections – Senate report

 All the 11 political parties that are legally operational in the country have prepared their members to participate in next month’s parliamentary elections, the president of the Senatorial Committe on Good Governance, Nepomuscène J. Sindikubwabo, said yesterday. The parliamentary...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:02am

Hotels face stiff competition from Airbnb

Airbnb, an international marketplace for rental accommodation, is fast growing in popularity in comparison to the traditional hotels model. The platform allows ordinary people to rent out extra space in their homes to visitors and tourists. The platform is growing in popularity in Rwanda...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:58am